Mon April 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

Lunada: Lit on the full moon

The Lunada is one of the Bay Area’s only bilingual open mics.

Every month, on the full moon, writers, poets, musicians, and artists gather at the Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco’s Mission District to present their work in Spanish, English, or a mix of the two.

“In Latin America there is a history of gathering under the full moon, of families and communities gathering,” says Lunda host and curator Sandra Garcia Rivera. “It stems from that tradition.”

It’s a tradition that San Francisco resident Stacey Leigh has made her own.  

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Mon March 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Making a book from beginning to end, with one of San Francisco’s last remaining bookbinders

Tim James shows the final product
Jasmín Lopéz

Stepping inside the Taurus Bookbindery is kind of like stepping back in time. The wide open space is packed full of retro machines from the 1920s that could double as torture devices. There are electric paper cutters with long blades, sizzling hot, rusty knives, and eight-foot-tall cast iron weights. Rolls of cloth and leather line the walls, and their earthy smells mix with odors of oil, paper and hot glue.

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Tue January 21, 2014

Oakland kids find confidence reading to Fido

At almost any given library, you will find parents and librarians sharing books with children. At Oakland’s Lakeview branch, it isn't the adults who are reading out loud, it’s the kids — and to an audience you might not expect. 

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Tue January 21, 2014

A library reaches outside its stacks

Friends of the Elmhurst Library


If you head southeast from the Lakeview Library, way down to the 80s blocks of International Boulevard, be sure to take a turn at 88th to visit the Elmhurst branch of the Oakland Library. You'll have to look closely—this library is in a small converted house. Elmhurst operates like any other public library: books to check out, computers to use, and a children's program. But it's got a problem: most kids can’t get to it very easily. The Elmhurst branch is trying to fix that. 

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Tue December 10, 2013